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February 2012

Chapter News

On Thursday 26th of January over twenty chapter members attended a behind the scenes tour of E-ONE in Ocala. This once in a lifetime opportunity was only possible due to the kind offer of E-ONE to host an IFPS Chapter meeting. All the attendees were treated to a sandwiches and drinks before the tour of the SVO plant began.


"Being able to touch, feel and actually sit in some of these high tech fire rescue vehicles manufactured by E-ONE is like being a kid in a candy store," said Scott Gower, president of the local chapter.


Each rescue vehicle is manufactured with the customer in mind, including aircraft style joystick controls for exterior functions and individually molded seats for fire crews.


Using vehicle demonstrations the group was able to see and learn how the combination of technology and the fluid power systems plays a significant role in the safety of the operation of the extendable ladders and stabilizers.


All of the people who attended "the tour of the year" recognize the time and the hard work put into making this visit a huge success. And we would like to specifically thank Leroy Stephens, IFPS chapter member and Peter Guile the president of E-ONE who made this possible.  


Upcoming Events


In the coming months there are a number of events scheduled to take place in Central Florida.


First, is the IFPS spring meeting at the Embassy Suites, USF in Tampa on Wednesday, February 29th. There will be a welcome reception hosted by the IFPS from 6:00 pm til 7:30 pm. All Central Florida IFPS members are welcome to attend and meet with other members.


If you wish to attend the welcome reception, please RSVP to Marnie Raskas mraskas@idpcreative.com by February 24th to reserve a place.


For further information on the spring meeting please visit www.ifps.org and follow the link to the spring meeting.


Second, is the FIRST Regional Robotics Competition at UCF Orlando. This year's event will be held from March 8th through March 10th at the U.C.F. arena located at 50 North Gemini Blvd., Orlando, FL. 32816.


This is a really fun day out for you and your family and it's FREE. For further information on the FIRST regional competition visit http://www.floridafirstregional.com/


Raymond Walls


In January the chapter received the sad news that Raymond Walls of Osteen, FL had passed away at the age of 67. Ray had been in the hydraulic/pneumatic field for the last 40 years and was a former business partner of the Ernst Fluid Power Company, Cincinnati, OH branch. Ray was past president of the Central Florida Chapter of the International Fluid Power Society. He was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. Ray is survived by his wife Barbara and son Matthew also of Osteen Fl.


At the last meeting, Chapter Members shared some fond memories and agreed to donate $100 to the Special Needs Work Program in Ray's Honor.




One of the primary missions of the IFPS is to facilitate and promote the advancement of technology and professionalism of the fluid power & motion control industry through Awareness, Education, and Certification. Based on the success of the C and C certifications hosted by PIRTEK USA in Rockledge the chapter elected to purchase a Job Performance Test Kit which can be used in the certification of individuals wishing to take both the Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic and the Mobile Hydraulic Technician certification level.


For further information on these classes and exams please contact gokane@pirtekusa.com


Committee Elections


The annual vote for the election or re-election of committee members was also held in Ocala. This year the position of vice president became vacant and after several candidates were discussed Tom Nell was elected. Tom has been a regular attendee at some of the recent meetings and is a welcome new addition to the team. All other current committee members were re-elected.

Next meeting scheduled:


6:30 p.m. on March 15, 2012 at PIRTEK USA

501 Haverty Court, Rockledge, FL 32955.



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